Types of Heaters – Furnaces, Heat Pumps, Boilers

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Heater Installation, Maintenance, and Repair

If you own a home or business and require heating system installation, maintenance, or repair, turn to the team at Horn. We’re a locally owned and operated company with more than four decades of experience providing residential and commercial heating services. Our company is fully licensed and insured. We value honest communication, excellent customer service, and impeccable workmanship, and we work with all types of heaters, including gas, oil, and electric furnaces, steam and hot water boilers, and air-source and geothermal heat pumps.

Emergency Repair Services

Heating troubles that happen during the coldest periods of winter often can’t wait until tomorrow, which is why Horn offers 24/7 emergency repair services, including weekends and holidays, for all types of heaters. We have expert repair technicians on call, and when you contact us for an emergency repair, we’ll dispatch them to your home or business in a work truck outfitted with all of the equipment, parts, and supplies needed to diagnose the problem and get your heat back on fast and reliably.

Installation and Replacement Services

Horn provides a full range of heating system installation and replacement services as well. We install all types of heaters, and we can replace systems with similar technologies or convert them. That includes converting from electric to natural gas, for instance, or converting from a traditional furnace and air conditioner pairing to a heat pump. The optimal heating system varies based on the location, and our team will assist you in choosing the best technology and ensure that it’s sized correctly.

Types of Heaters

The Types of Heaters We Work On

Our NATE-certified HVAC technicians have extensive factory training and experience with all of the heating technologies used for residential and commercial applications in our region. That includes electric systems and those that burn natural gas, heating oil, and propane. It also includes forced-air furnaces, hot water and steam boilers, and air-source, geothermal, and mini-split heat pumps.

Forced Air Heating Repair Services


Furnaces continue to be the most common way to heat homes and businesses in North America. Modern furnaces are very efficient and also quite clean despite many of them burning fuel. Natural gas furnaces are the most prevalent, but heating oil and propane systems are available for locations that lack access to a natural gas line. Electric furnaces employ an electric starter and heating element as opposed to a pilot light and burner. They’re cheaper up front, but gas tends to be cheaper in the long run.

Hydronic Boiler System

Hydronic Boilers

Hydronic systems use water and heat it up just up to the point of boiling in the case of a hot water boiler and to the boiling point in the case of a steam boiler. Boilers have the inherent advantage of not blowing air and thus not diminishing indoor air quality. The heated fluid is distributed through piping traditionally to radiators where it emanates into the living spaces. Modern systems also allow for radiant heating panels, and radiant flooring heating, particularly in bathrooms, has become quite popular.

Heat Pump Repair Services

Heat Pumps

Heat pumps are among the most efficient types of heaters and provide the advantage of both heating and cooling. These systems are different from furnaces in that they transfer heat energy like an air conditioner as opposed to generating heat directly. Air-source heat pumps transfer energy to and from the ambient air. Ductless mini-splits are similar but aren’t connected to a duct system, and geothermal heat pumps transfer energy to or from the ground or, in some cases, a large body of water.

Trust The Experts At Horn For Your Heater Replacement

Signs You Need to Replace Your Heater

Horn generally recommends replacing your heating system proactively based on its life expectancy. There are also signs to watch for that indicate that your heater at least needs an inspection and may need to be replaced. Chief among them is rising energy costs, which means that your system is less efficient than in the past. Uneven heating indicates a static pressure issue. Loud or odd noises and strange smells suggest a problem as does short cycling. Pilot lights should be blue, and if your system frequently needs repairs, replacement is going to save you more over the long term.

The Benefits of Upgrading Your Heater

As all types of heaters age, they become less efficient, which causes your energy costs to rise. You also have to factor in that heaters made today or more efficient and thus more affordable than those made 15 or more years ago when your heater was installed. You’re also going to enjoy lower maintenance and repair costs, increased home comfort, and peace of mind for the next decade or more.

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Tune-Ups and Maintenance Plans

All types of heaters require routine maintenance to remain as efficient as possible and to reach their life expectancy. In fact, most HVAC warranties stipulate it. Horn recommends a tune-up in autumn prior to the heating season. Our technician will perform a multipoint inspection, a thorough cleaning, lubricate all moving parts, test and tighten all electrical connections, and calibrate the thermostat. We also encourage you to consider our maintenance plans. It will keep your equipment on schedule while helping you save, and there are other perks as well, such as a 15% labor discount for any needed repairs.

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Trust Horn for All of Your Heating Needs

Horn is a trusted and established HVAC company that works with all types of heaters and will provide you with workmanship you can rely on. Call us today at 610-363-4200 or contact us online with any questions or to schedule an appointment.

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